The 2024 NFL Draft is starting to look like a heavily quarterback-loaded draft. College signal callers like Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Oregon’s Bo Nix, and LSU’s Jayden Daniels have dominated the college football landscape this season. Though nobody has officially declared as of this moment, many NFL teams are waiting for draft day to arrive, so they can select their quarterback of the future.
Here are a few NFL teams in most need to draft a quarterback in the 2024 Draft, beginning in the NFC.
NFC Teams Who Should Draft a Quarterback in 2024
Before the 2023 NFL season began, many fans and critics had deemed A-Town as the favorite to take over the NFC South. After all, their defense is turning into an elite core, and their offense is stacked with formidable skill players, such as Drake London, Kyle Pitts, Tyler Algeier, and Bijan Robinson. But why are they sitting at 5-6 and averaging under 20 points scored per game this season?
A lot of people would would be quick to blame quarterback, Desmond Ridder, for the offense’s lack of production. But Taylor Heinicke is not the solution either, as both quarterbacks average less than 200 passing yards per game and have a passer rating in the 84.0 area (out of 158.3). Drafting a quarterback in 2024 will not only add much-needed depth to that position, but it also give Ridder and Heinicke even more motivation to improve.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams have a lot of work to do moving forward, including addressing the quarterback situation. Matthew Stafford has lost significant pep in his step since leading the Rams to their 2021 Super Bowl run. He’s thrown for thirteen touchdowns against nine interceptions, and completing just above 60 percent of his passes (lowest since 2013). The Rams brought in Carson Wentz to back up Stafford, but Los Angeles ought to eye another quarterback in 2024.
Drafting a signal caller would usher in a new chapter for the Rams. Whoever that rookie may be, he will have lots to learn from both Stafford and Wentz. Plus, having a proven winner like Sean McVay as your head coach has its own benefits. The Rams front office ought to take the 2024 draft seriously, for neither Stafford’s nor Wentz’s time under center is unlimited.
New York Giants
Everything that can go wrong IS going wrong with the New York Giants. On top of sitting at the bottom of the NFC East at 4-8, the G-Men are currently down to their 3rd string quarterback, Tommy DeVito to man the helm. Needless to say, New York will need to devise a plan to rebuild this team, starting with their offense, who sits last in the entire NFL in total yards and points per game.
As Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor are both on the IR, it would best to to find a successor for the future post-Jones, who was 1-5 in six starts for this and threw only two touchdowns versus six interceptions, prior to tearing his ACL. Hopefully, the Giants front office play their cards right in the 2024 Draft, and start getting themselves back into fighting form.
In a case similar to the Giants, entering a significant rebuild would be the best option for the Chicago Bears. Standing at 3-8 and at the bottom of the NFC North, the Bears should be looking to the 2024 Draft to revitalize their roster. But after a 6-26 start to his career, it would not surprise to see quarterback Justin Fields seeking a way out of Chicago. Who could blame him?
The Bears, including head coach Matt Eberflus, have not done very well in building around Fields and/or taking the pressure off of the dual-threat signal caller. If the Bears approach this properly, they would not only replace Eberflus but also find a team to trade Fields to in exchange for additional draft capital. Fields would find himself a team he could potentially thrive in, while the Bears would have a clean slate in time for 2024.
Check back next week as we look at the teams in the AFC that should find their next quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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